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Dec 28, 2015 - Public Works Utilities Departments Awarded APWA Accreditation

December 28, 2015, Arvada, CO……. Arvada’s Public Works and Utilities Departments were recently awarded the prestigious American Public Works Association (APWA) Accreditation.  The APWA Accreditation program recognizes public works agencies that go beyond the requirements of the management practices established nationally in the public works industry, as contained in the APWA Public Works Management Practices Manual. Arvada began the Accreditation process in October, 2011 and was awarded Accreditation on December 10, 2015.

Accreditation indicates the Departments have met all applicable Accreditation documentation and practices.   “The awarding of the APWA Accreditation shows we have dedicated ourselves to concepts of improvement and in-depth self-assessment of department policies, procedures, and practices,” said Public Works Director Bob Manwaring.  “The heroes of this prestigious APWA award are the Public Works and Utilities staff, whose mission is to provide services and programs that contribute to making Arvada a great City.”

Arvada’s Public Works Department plans, maintains, and improves City infrastructure, maintaining more than 1,440 lane miles of paved streets; 1,000 miles of curb, gutter, sidewalks, and medians; 2,300 storm and irrigation ditches; and nearly 600,000 square feet of facilities.  The Utilities Department provides City fleet services, safe drinking water, wastewater treatment, storm water management, and safe building construction services to the community.

For Arvada’s Accreditation review, a team of public works professionals from Bend, OR; Richmond, VA; Aledo, TX; and Kansas City, MO completed a thorough evaluation of operations during their November, 2015 site visit. “It’s great to have the Arvada Public Works and Utilities Departments reach full compliance with their practices,” said APWA Director of Accreditation Ann Daniels.  “I commend their continued and renewed commitment to the detailed review of the agency’s policies and procedures to qualify.”

The Arvada Public Works and Utilities Departments are the 106th agency in North America to receive Accreditation, and is the fifth in Colorado, joining Aurora, Golden, Greeley, and Cherry Hills Village.  To learn more about APWA Accreditation, please contact APWA Director of Accreditation, Ann Daniels at For APWA media queries, please contact Laura Bynum, APWA Media Relations and Communications Manager

About APWA

​​The American Public Works Association ( is a not-for-profit, international organization of more than 28,700 members involved in the field of public works.  APWA serves its members by promoting professional excellence and public awareness through education, advocacy and the exchange of knowledge. It is headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri, has an office in Washington, D.C. and 63 chapters in North America.